Innovation in Research-to-Practice

Changing the Culture of Aging
Significant efforts are being made to change the culture in long-term care in Ontario and across Canada, moving away from institutional, medical models of care towards a social model of living.

Schlegel CLRI activities:

  • In March 2014, the Schlegel CLRI and RIA hosted the first national conference on culture change, Walk with Me: Changing the Culture of Aging in Canada, which brought over 400 people from across the country to learn with and from each other about how to change the culture of aging and long-term care.
  • Developing a Culture Change Guidebook to share with other long-term care homes the partnership between Schlegel Villages and RIA to explore a strengths-based approach to culture change guided by collaborative leadership and Appreciative Inquiry (AI).

Neighbourhood team development (NTD)
The NTD program (rolling out across the Schlegel Villages) focuses on building teams at the neighbourhood level in long-term care; team members have interprofessional roles, share responsibilities and provide the support needed to meet the neighbourhood’s day-to-day needs.

Schlegel CLRI activities:

  • An evaluation of the NTD program (led by Dr. Veronique Boscart and jointly funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research) is underway to understand what factors influence the implementation of the NTD program, and its effects on the care experiences of residents, families, team members and organizational outcomes.


Research Institute for Aging